A bill cleared the U.S. Senate yesterday that would make Daylight Saving Time permanent starting in 2023. If signed into law, we will no longer need to change our clocks twice a year. The “Sunshine Protection Act” passed with unanimous approval. The bill now needs to be passed by the House and signed by the President.
Senator Marco Rubio says, “There’s strong science behind it that is now showing and making people aware of the harm that clock-switching has. There’s an increase in heart attacks, car accidents and pedestrian accidents. The benefits of Daylight Saving Time has been accounted for in the research: Reduced crime, as there is light later in the day, decrease in seasonal depression that many feel during standard time, and the practical one. We desperately want our kids outside, playing, doing sports, not just to sit in front of a TV, playing video games all day. It gets tough in many parts of the country to be able to do that. What ends up happening is for the 16 weeks of the year, if you don’t have a park or outdoor facility with lights, you’re basically shut down at 5 p.m., in some cases 4 p.m..”